January 2009
Fabric Area
Fabric Type
Ferrari 902s PVC
HD galv with enamel finish

"The quality of workmanship is second to none, their attention to detail and the care that they take in what they do is fantastic! We are very proud of our new canopy and have had much positive feedback from staff and community."

Shane Moser, Property Manager - Cornwall Park School

Cornwall Park School

Cornwall Park School - first of its kind!

As they say, there’s a first time for everything, and Cornwall Park had the honour of being the first school to have a PVC tensile membrane COLA canopy installed by Shade Systems, and one of the first schools in the country to own a structure like that – an impressive two firsts in one project! Mid 2007 the school advertised for expressions of interest in the design and construction of a new canopy which would permit sport and other activities to continue year round, regardless of the weather. Despite having never undertaken a project on the size and scale this one promised to be, the Shade Systems team went to work with enthusiasm. Designs for a canopy that would cover two basketball courts were drawn up and submitted to the client, who later said “the design concept that came back far exceeded our expectation!”

After some debate amongst members of the BOT of Cornwall Park School, Shade Systems was awarded the job and fabrication of the canopy commenced. Meanwhile, the framework was under construction. The school had elected to have this with a painted finish in white, ensuring the entire shade structure would look bright, fresh and clean. All stages of the project were taken care of for the client, from design, planning and construction to dealing with the Auckland Council regarding permits and consents.

“What they do is fantastic!”

Construction and installation took place over a period of approximately two weeks, with the installation team being careful to work in with the school schedule to minimise disruptions to their day. It might be argued that it took longer to install this cover due to the lack of experience, but here at Shade Systems we like to make sure things are done properly – ‘do it once, and do it right’ and so on. This clearly paid off, with the property manager of the school, Mr Shane Moser, stating “the quality of workmanship is second to none, their attention to detail and the care that they take in what they do is fantastic!”

More than seven years on, the canopy is still looking great and Cornwall Park School proves the benefits of the structure almost every day. The school is now able to carry out sport in all weather, which was the main objective of the project. It would be safe to say that involved would confidently say that the first PVC tensile membrane COLA project was a resounding success, and has paved the way for many more opportunities.